Why is Microsoft Ideal for Hybrid SMBs

Since the Covid-19 pandemic came to a head in 2020 and forced many of us to begin working from home, many businesses have been evaluating their IT infrastructure. Many businesses came to the conclusion that their current setup was not optimized for remote working; and now, with the business world ushering in hybrid working, businesses need to see how well prepared they are for the new work style.

We spoke with TechQuarters, a company that provided business IT support London companies used in the early days of Covid-19 in order to equip themselves with the tech solutions needed to go remote. Their work primarily with small to medium sized businesses, and have done for many years. In fact, as Microsoft Partners, they have been using the technology for remote and hybrid working for the better part of a decade. They said that Microsoft now provide all the products and services needed for a business to implement hybrid work.

Microsoft 365

Many businesses will be familiar with Microsoft 365. When Microsoft transitioned over to a subscription-based model for they flagship products, they introduced Microsoft 365, which includes all of the classic Office Suite applications, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. In addition to this, the Microsoft 365 plans include Outlook email, and Exchange server.

Microsoft 365 also enables Cloud storage for your whole organization. Their two services, OneDrive and SharePoint, provide Cloud storage on both an individual and company-wide basis. The M365 Business plans give each licensed user 1TB of OneDrive storage; this is ideal for storing files and documents for work.

For company-wide, departmental, and team-oriented storage, SharePoint offers highly configurable file management solutions – there are hundreds of different ways SharePoint can be utilized. Cloud storage is something most IT support companies can help SMBs setup, and it is highly recommended for hybrid working.

Microsoft Azure

The other Microsoft service that companies like TechQuarters recommend to SMBs wanting to adopt hybrid working is Microsoft Azure. This is actually the name for a range of Cloud-based services Microsoft offer. Cloud hosting, archiving, development operations, and process automation are all things that can be done with Microsoft Azure.

Azure is particular useful when it comes to delivering IT support to a company’s network. When your IT infrastructure is migrated to the Cloud, it then means that it can be accessed remotely by anyone with the right permissions. From an IT support services perspective, this help minimize downtime and reduce the number of IT issues a business experiences, because it will be much easier for your IT department or provider to monitor and maintain your IT infrastructure. 

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